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Adjective: desensitising  dee'sen-su,tI-zing
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: desensitizing)
  1. Making less susceptible or sensitive to either physical or emotional stimuli
    "Thus, instead of desensitising the fearful dog, the trainer had reinforced the fear";
    - desensitizing
Verb: desensitise  dee'sen-si,tIz
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: desensitize)
  1. Cause not to be sensitive
    "The war desensitised many soldiers"; "The photographic plate was desensitised";
    - desensitize
  2. Make insensitive
    "His military training desensitised him";
    - desensitize

See also: numbing, predisposition, sensitivity

Type of: alter, change, modify

Antonym: sensitise [Brit]